Madhya-līlāChapter 22: The Process of Devotional Service

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 22.149

rāgātmikā-bhakti — 'mukhyā' vraja-vāsi-jane

tāra anugata bhaktira 'rāgānugā'-nāme

SYNONYMS

rāgātmikā-bhakti — spontaneous devotional service; mukhyā — preeminent; vraja-vāsi-janein the inhabitants of Vraja, or Vṛndāvana; tāra — that; anugata — following; bhaktira — of devotional service; rāgānugā-nāme — named rāgānugā or following after spontaneous devotional service.

TRANSLATION

"The original inhabitants of Vṛndāvana are attached to Kṛṣṇa spontaneously in devotional service. Nothing can compare to such spontaneous devotional service, which is called rāgātmikā bhakti. When a devotee follows in the footsteps of the devotees of Vṛndāvana, his devotional service is called rāgānugā bhakti.

PURPORT

In his Bhakti-sandarbha, Jīva Gosvāmī states:

tad evaḿ tat-tad-abhimāna-lakṣaṇa-bhāva-viśeṣeṇa svābhāvika-rāgasya vaiśiṣṭye sati tat-tad-rāga-prayuktā śravaṇa-kīrtana-smaraṇa-pāda-sevana-vandanātma-nivedana-prāyā bhaktis teṣāḿ rāgātmikā bhaktir ity ucyate. . . . tatas tadīyaḿ rāgaḿ rucyānugacchantī rāgānugā.

When a pure devotee follows the footsteps of a devotee in Vṛndāvana, he develops rāgānugā bhakti.

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